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See my review for teaching ideas using this book as a stimulus for: holidays, vacations, sharing memories, transport, sun safety
on 8 February 2016
In this book about Harry and the Dinosaurs, they go on a holiday to Australia. However, when they get there they realise it is very different - people love different kinds of lives and live in very different communities. They visits lots of new places, see lots of new things and experience things has never done before. But, Harry and one of his dinosaurs start to feel homesick. Luckily for Harry, Nan has packed him a gift - a camera. From that moment onwards they enjoy the rest of the holiday as they know they will be able to take photos of, and show Nan what they had been up to.
Teachers:This forms part of a collection of books from the well known and respected children's author Ian Whybrow. Harry and his dinosaurs are a fab resource for in the classroom a they have proven to really capture the imagination of, in particular, the boys who usually are not too keen on books. However, teachers beware that there is a grammatical error in the book where Nan says "them" instead of "the". It could be described as "the way in which people in different areas of the country speak", however still it is not correct.
Themes: holidays, vacations, sharing memories, transport, sun safety, postcards/communication,
- Children could create their own suitcase of what they would take on a vacation. This could then link to sun safety such as packing sun cream and a
- Children could write their own postcard as though it was from one of the dinosaurs to the class. They could explain their feelings about the holiday and what they were doing. They could express emotion such as "can't wait to see you when i am back" or "i miss you".
- During choosing time a bucketful of plastic dinosaurs could be set up on the carpet space along with the books. Some clipboards and pencils could also be added to encourage some mark making. Depending on which stories are present, other props could be introduced such as characters puppets on sticks (all books), a football (united book), zoo animals (go wild book), camera & suitcase (go on holiday book), bones (museum book).
- Children could create pictures using different mediums of the dinosaurs. They could focus on their texture using clay, colours using paints, facial expressions using pencils etc.
- Older children could write their own story or create a storyboard of something Harry could do with the dinosaurs e.g visit their local shop (linking with local communities) or playing with them at home and helping to cook the tea (healthy eating).
- Children could draw a picture of their favourite toy and write key words about its identity e.g the name.
Activity ideas relevant to the Harry and the Dinosaurs series:
- Children could discuss in PSHE about being lost and found - how would they feel if they were lost? How do they think the dinosaurs felt? How did their emotions change throughout the story.
- Children could use this book to see how to use a library. They could then do a task like Harry did in his first book e.g. they could go to the library (schools library) or online to find out about the dinosaurs. They could then extend this by doing a fact file for each dinosaur.
- The books could be used as a discussion point for playing as a team player e.g. accepting when you lose or are not as good as someone else. This could then lead onto writing about or simply sharing 'i am good at' quotes.
- The book could be used as a discussion point for how to choose a team. You choose one by one.
- Children could use this to explore mathematical concepts such as full, half full, overflowing. This could be done by placing the dinosaurs in a bucket and discussing and mark making about what it shows e.g. full.
- The size of the animals discussed in the story could be a starting point for comparative discussions in maths around big, small etc.
- Children could research endangered animals and create a factfile.
- Children could create their own posters to help the endangered animals just like Harry.